The Chief Magistrate of Buganda Road Court has summoned jailed lawyer Male Mabirizi on fresh charges related to offensive communication.
According to the court summons, Mabirizi is required to appear on March 7, 2022. He is to answer charges of offensive communication, criminal libel, and offenses prejudicial to judicial proceedings levied against him by Robert Rutaro as a private prosecutor.
Grade one magistrate Sanula Nambozo issued a production warrant directing the prison authorities at Kitalya Min Max Prison to produce him in court to take a plea.
The origin of the fresh charges is a case privately instituted by Rutaro against Mabirizi. He says that Mabirzi made statements on his Twitter handle abusing the justice Ssekaana.
Rutaro quotes a number of posts written both in English and local language allegedly by Mabirizi. Apparently, Mabirizi attacked the judge and also crafted some of the extracts to his complaint in vulgar language.
“Chicken had 2be eaten to celebrate our triumph over Ssekaana and a section of judges who think that Uganda belongs to them not citizens. Of course, the rule of law champion had to catch up with @legalrebel@IsaacSsemakadde to strategize and a huge missile is on its way,” reads one of the posts.
Rutaro alleges that the statements and others withheld, embarrassed the trial judge and violated his right to privacy without justifiable excuse and therefore, they should hold Mabirizi accountable as provided for under the law.
Currently, Mabirizi is serving an 18 months sentence served to him by the High Court judge Musa Ssekaana.